Monday, November 21, 2022

MADE OF STEELE by Susan Sleeman, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas and Rebecca Maney

With plenty of action, suspense, inspiration, and satisfying romance, this addition to the Steele Guardians series by Susan Sleeman is sure to captivate those who enjoy contemporary romantic suspense. Sleeman is one of my must-read authors in this genre because she never fails to grab my attention from the first page, and I enjoy learning more about crime-solving techniques and new advances in that field while reading a fascinating tale. Her attention to detail and obvious careful research show in her stories.

This book stars Teagan Steele and Drew Collier as they work together to uncover a smuggling ring and bring them to justice. When the plot thickens and twists and turns occur, they end up with more troubles than they started with and their lives in peril. Teagan and Drew are wonderful, engaging characters, and I loved seeing them interact and their relationship grow.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


"Forget the immense attraction. Keep your mind in the game. Do your job and live to fight another day."

Talk about bad timing. When Teagan Steele answers the call to surveil some questionable activity at one of Steele Guardian's customer's warehouses, she had no idea that she would be manhandled, gagged, and zip-tied by a stranger who was almost . . . gentle in his approach? Who in the world?

" . . . He hated putting her through this . . . one of the greatest challenges of undercover work."

Undercover ICE Agent Drew Collier had to stay in character . . . this assignment was too important . . . especially when there was a suspected international smuggling ring working right under Teagan Steele's nose. But when his higher-ups decided to read her into the case, Drew had no idea how difficult it was going to be to remain professional, when his personal radar kept screaming "attraction, attraction, attraction" at an obnoxious pitch.

Taking the reader in one, possibly two directions at first, this story unexpectedly veers off into uncharted territory, even for the characters. Talk about plot twists! And faith struggles! Will truth and justice find a way to prevail?

"She loved that he was a fellow believer, even if he was struggling. She'd been a Christian her entire life and knew there were times she relied on her faith less. . . But God always came through. Always . . . Please, God. Do the same thing for Drew." 

*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
She keeps her feelings to herself…
When Teagan Steele faces her hardest challenge since taking over her family’s security company, she has to dig deep to figure out how one of their clients smuggled antiquities into this country, and what they did with them. And she has to clear Steele Guardians of any charges of collusion and wrongdoing.

But a bold undercover agent changes everything.
When she comes face-to-face with undercover ICE agent, Drew Collier, who is deep in the smuggling ring, she has to work hard to keep her emotions in check and herself professional at all times. Despite her best efforts, Teagan and Drew grow closer, but a new threat soon puts their budding relationship to the test and their lives in grave danger.

Edge of Your Seat Books, November, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and audiobook

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